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of each bay is a sliding glass panel, while the other half is an array of adjustable glass louvres. On the outside of this internal glass skin, each bay has an external sunscreen of perforated stainless steel. When closed, these provide shade and filtered light to the interiors. But each of the screens is electronically operable and can fold up to give a completely transparent view. “Because each screen can be operated independently, the house always looks different, depending on what’s open or closed. It’s a very transparent house, even when the screens are down.” The layered components and flexible nature of the facade also contribute to the home’s passive design by allowing breezes to circulate and diffuse light to penetrate all the interior spaces. Green roofs on top of both of the blocks contribute to the natural cooling effect. The result is a home that, despite its tropical setting, can be lived in with minimal or even no use of air conditioning. Facing page, top: The double-height living area has a walkway and library around the edge of the second level. Facing page, lower: Nearly everything in the interior was custom designed, including the kitchen and dining table. Above: Each window bay is fitted with a sliding glass panel and glass louvres, allowing cross ventilation throughout the interior when they are opened. The result is a passive design that, despite the home’s tropical location, saves energy through minimal or no use of air conditioning. search | save | share at